Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday stories

Last night's Student Showcase was equally marvelous, with performances by Molly Northrop (fabric), Lauren Rile Smith (trapeze), Jen Heine (fabric), Rachel Greenblatt (hoop), Jessica Sullivan (fabric), Doug McDonald (trapeze), T. Lawrence-Simon (fabric), and Dave Breder & Faye Flam (doubles trap). Dave and Faye wanted me to announce that their combined age is 96 years. (!!!) They were excellent as always.

It's Saturday, and I spend this morning in a housecleaning frenzy, so that I could show the house to potential renters. Four of them actually showed up - not as many as I originally expected, but still a healthy sample. I am feeling optimistic that we'll find the right person to take care of this place. But it feels so strange, opening the doors like this... after we've lived her over 10 years!

Just talked to Greg about his day. Here is what Greg's schedule is like on Saturdays:

1:00pm-2:00pm training in cone
2:00pm-2:30pm eat
2:30pm-3:00pm makeup (all artists do their own, after plenty of training)
3:00pm-3:30pm check pre-set, props, equipment
3:30pm-3:50pm get into costume
3:50pm-4:00pm animation (pre-show - Greg is in character, milling around the audience)
4:00pm-5:15pm First Act – Greg has to jump in for occasional “cues” onstage
5:00pm-5:15pm costume changes, makeup changes
5:15pm-5:30pm (intermission) warmup in cone
5:30pm-6:30pm Second Act. Greg has a lot of parts in the second act, including his solo.
6:30pm-6:40pm finale (whole cast together on stage)
6:40pm begin process all over again to get ready for 8:00pm show.

...10:40pm, second show finishes. Out of costume, bus, bike, or walk to hotel, back by 11:30pm.

This is what the schedule is like for two-show days (Saturdays and Sundays). Supposedly he'll have more of these as the tour progresses - they're at 8 shows/week now, and should go up to 10 shows/week soon. (adding second shows on Thursdays and Fridays).

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